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State Fair, Sheboygan and Taylor counties

Wisconsin State Fair and other important dates

The Wisconsin State Fair starts its annual 10 day run on August 4th.  Cream puffs, cheese curds, ice cream, brats, corn on the cobb and lots of food on a stick are all here.  Judging of cattle, horses, pigs and feathered friends can be enjoyed each day.

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Wisconsin State Fair Cream Puffs

The Wisconsin State Fair certainly has a reputation for unique and unusual foods, which is why they created an Annual Food Competition, The Sporkies. Each year eight finalists are selected from several dozen entries, and a panel of celebrity judges chooses the recipients of three Golden Spork Awards

The first Friday in August, this year it is the 5th, is International Beer Day.  In Wisconsin it is not yet a state holiday but is celebrated with gusto reflecting our German heritage and long brewing history.  Wisconsin’s largest brewers are Miller in Milwaukee, Minhas in Monroe, New Glarus Brewing and Stevens Point Brewing.  However the craft beer industry is growing and Wisconsin is now home to 70 members of the Wisconsin Brewers Guild.

August 6th is National Mustard Day and will be celebrated in downtown Middleton, Wisconsin at the National Mustard Museum.

August 10th is National S’mores Day celebrating that wonderful creation enjoyed around campfires all across Wisconsin.

Oshkosh, Wisconsin has just completed the annual Experimental Aircraft Association show that draws hundreds of thousands of people and hundreds of airplanes.  Aircraft enthusiasts love the opportunity to experience the aviation marvels.  The EAA grounds also are the location of an aircraft museum.

Edible Antics is traveling this week to Sheboygan and Taylor counties in Wisconsin and the Wisconsin State Fair.  We are finding the special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, bike trails, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think you might enjoy in each county we visit.  We’ll post for you our Edible Antics recommended stops for each county.

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Happy Birthday Wisconsin! Brats for everyone!

We are taking a Holiday weekend pause from our Wisconsin Counties tour to celebrate a couple of things;  Birthdays and Brats.

Happy Birthday Wisconsin – the state. Wisconsin joined the United States 168 years ago on May 29th 1848 as the 30th state of the union. Known as the Badger state the robin is the state bird, White Tailed Deer is the state wild animal, the Muskellunge is the state fish and the wood violet is the state flower.

Wisconsin State Flag

Wisconsin State Flag

Wisconsin was settled by immigrants from many parts of the World. Polish, German, Norwegian, Swiss, Danish, Hispanic and Asian visitors joined the Native Americans who were already here.

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Lincoln and Manitowoc Edibles

Edible Antics is currently posting virtual culinary tour entries from Wisconsin counties in alphabetical order. Scroll down for some of the Wisconsin counties we visited in previous weeks. The prior counties visited are available in the archived links on the right side of your screen. We are finding special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think visitors might enjoy in each county we visit.  Some background information on each county is followed with specific links to our Wisconsinmade.com artisan partners and to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county.

This week we continue our Wisconsin counties virtual culinary tour in Lincoln and Manitowoc counties looking for edibles and adventures.

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Kewaunee and LaCrosse Edibles

Edible Antics is currently posting virtual culinary tour entries from Wisconsin counties in alphabetical order. Scroll down for some of the Wisconsin counties we visited in previous weeks. The prior counties visited are available in the archived links on the right side of your screen. We are finding special Supper Clubs, bakeries, meat markets, breweries, wineries, bed and breakfasts, parks, attractions and anything we think visitors might enjoy in each county we visit.  Some background information on each county is followed with specific links to our Wisconsinmade.com artisan partners and to our Edible Antics recommendations for each county.

This week our Wisconsin county virtual culinary tour takes us to Kewaunee and LaCrosse Counties looking for Wisconsinmade edibles and fun places to visit.

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Dane And Dodge Edibles

We continue our culinary tour of Wisconsin counties with a visit to Dane and Doge Counties.  Both of them offer wonderful opportunities to enjoy Wisconsin’s special flare for food and fun.

Dane County

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Dane County by David Benbennick

About 490,000 people live in the 1,202 square miles that is Dane County. The county seat and also the Wisconsin State Capital are both in Madison.  Other cities in Dane County include:

  • Fitchburg
  • Monona
  • Stoughton
  • Verona
  • Middleton
  • Sun Prairie
  • and 18 more villages

The University of Wisconsin main campus with about 40,000 students is located in Madison.  Dane County is the second most populous county in Wisconsin, but it is also the most productive agricultural county in the state.  This output is in corn, soybeans, milk and meat.  Madison is a tourism and convention destination centered on the beautiful State Capitol building and the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Monona Terrace Convention Center

Convention Center and Wisconsin State Capitol

.  The supporting infrastructure is blessed with many restaurants, shops, bakeries, meat markets, wineries, breweries and supper clubs.

The Wisconsinmade.com partner artisans located in Dane County include:

In addition to our Artisan partners Edible Antics Dane County recommendations include:

  • Dane County cheesemaker Bleu Mont Dairy’s cheddar cheese with a glass of Syrah or Pinot Gri.
  • Dane County cheesemaker Babcock Hall Dairy Gouda cheese with a glass of Beaujolais, Champagne or Potter.

Dane County Bakeries:

Dane County Meat Suppliers:

Dane County beer and wine producers:

Dane County Supper Clubs and Restaurants

And if you prefer the newest food stops in Madison try:

Dodge County

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Dodge County by David Benbennick

Dodge County occupies 882 square miles and is home to about 89,000 Wisconsinites.  The county seat is in Juneau.  Other cities in the county include:

  • Beaver Dam
  • Fox Lake
  • Horicon
  • Mayville
  • and parts of Watertown and Waupun

The vast Horicon National Wildlife Refuge is in Dodge County and is home to 268 species of bird, including ducks, cranes, herons and shore birds plus numerous marsh dwellers large and small.  It is a favorite migratory stop in the fall for an estimated 100,000 to 300,000 Canada geese and other migrating birds.  It is the nesting grounds for many species birds and is a favorite stop for over 400,000 travelers per year.

Wisconsinmade.com artisan partners in Dodge County include:

In addition to our Artisan Partners Edible Antics recommends:

  • Widmer’s Cheese Cellars in Theresa.  No other US plant produces smear-ripened, aged, foil wrapped, tangy Brick cheese.  Try their Colby cheese with a glass of Malbec, Riesling or a Pilsner beer
  •  Crave Brothers  Farmstead cheese is known for their award winning sweet Mascarpone cheese and their fresh mozzarella.  Try the mozzarella with a glass of Chianti or Pinot Gri.
  • LeRoy Meats in Horicon features the freshest cuts of meats combined with award winning homemade sausage products.
  • The Audubon Inn in Mayville is a historic inn and is close the Horicon Marsh.
  • Feil’s supper Club in Randolph

Did we miss any of your favorites?  Tell us about them.

Join us next week to find Edible Antics in Door and Douglas Counties,

We are very fortunate to live in Wisconsin, a state that has so many good places to eat, sites to see and people to meet.  We hope you get a chance to try some of these recommendations that all are Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.

 

 

Brown and Buffalo County Edibles

Road Trip! Road Trip!

Our Wisconsin culinary tour visits our friends in Brown and Buffalo Counties.

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Brown County by David Benbennick

Brown County

Brown County is home to about 248,000 folks and occupies 529 square miles.  The county seat is Green Bay.  Brown County hosts the cities of Green Bay and De Pere and the surrounding suburbs but it known as “Title Town”  – the home of our championship football team the Green Bay Packers.  This metro based community has much to offer the visitor including over 400 dining opportunities, microbreweries, a distillery, recreation and cultural activities with abundant lodging.

Brown County is home to a number of Wisconsinmade.com artisan partners.  They include:

Edible Antics Brown County recommendations include:

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Map of Wisconsin highlighting Buffalo County by David Benbennick

Buffalo County

Buffalo County is on the far western edge of Wisconsin and offers scenic and pastoral vistas.  It is home to about 13,000 Wisconsinites and is 684 square miles in size. The county seat is the city of Alma.  One side of the county is along the scenic Mississippi River and includes the cities of Fountain City and Mondovi.  While Buffalo County is a more sparsely populated county this rural area supports good dining, interesting lodging and a section of the Great River Road along the Mississippi River.

Edible Antics Buffalo County recommendations include:

Enjoy the hospitality and fine edibles from these spots and know that it is all Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.

Check back next week for recommendations in Burnett and Calumet counties.

Christmas in the Air

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Wisconsin State Capitol bulding rotunda Christmas tree

Here in Wisconsin winter is usually a bit longer than some of us would prefer.  But this year in mid-December the temps are in the 40’s.  There is no snow on the ground.  Walks outdoors around the neighborhood are pleasant.  And each pleasant day like this gets us one day closer to March.

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Wisconsin cheese and sausage gifts

Christmas decorations are up everywhere.  Holiday sales are in full swing.  All of Santa’s helpers and elves at Wisconsinmade.com are busy working on filling all of Santa’s wishes.

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Wisconsin Cheese Pride

Cheeses and cookies are some of Santas favorites.  Wisconsin is proud of its long tradition of producing the finest cheeses in America. Choose from a wide selection of cheese gift boxes all set for shipping for Christmas.

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New Glarus Bakery Butter Cookie assortment

 

 

 

 

 

 

And cookies too!

Do you make your own?

Do you make Snickerdoodles?

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Snickerdoodle cookies gift box

Snickerdoodles are best made with the help of a 5 or 6 year old assistant.

Here is the Betty Crocker version of the recipe for Snickerdoodle cookies:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose or unbleached flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
 Directions
  • 1. Heat oven to 400ºF.
  • 2. Mix 1 1/2 cups sugar, the butter, shortening and eggs in large bowl. Stir in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
  • 3.  Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Mix 1/4 cup sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • 4.  Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.
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Christmas hand decorated sugar cookies

Do you make cut out decorated Christmas sugar cookies?  Someone once said that decorating sugar cookies is fun – up until the third cookie.  Wisconsinmade.com has a nice selection of handmade decorated Christmas Sugar Cookies for you.  No hassle, no cleanup.

Add a kringle and coffee cake Christmas morning treat.

And a nice hickory smoked ham  for Christmas dinner.

Over 2,000 gift ideas conveniently available 24 hours a day shipped directly to Santa’s designated delivery location.  Santa knows that all of this quality Wisconsinmade.com Christmas cheer is

Made With Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.®

Cranberries, Apples and Barbeque, Oh My!

The fall harvest festivals in bountiful Wisconsin continue this weekend.  The weather is forecasted to be a beautiful late summer early fall sampling of delight.  So what’s your pleasure?

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Gays Mills Apple orchard

The city of Gays Mills in southwestern Wisconsin along with a number of area apple orchards celebrate the Gays Mills Apple Festival.  Saturday and Sunday both have scheduled events for the whole family.   This part of Wisconsin is the drift less region where it was not subjected to the glacial smoothing of the north eastern part of the state.  As a result there are picturesque hills and valleys with twisty roads and overlooks.  The ridges above Gays Mills are home to a number of apple orchards that welcome you with their offerings of apples, turnovers, cider, donuts and a sampling of dairy products from the area.

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Ocean Spray Cranberry harvest

The area in central Wisconsin around Warrens hosts their annual Cranberry Festival.  Cranberries are a major agricultural product for Wisconsin and we rank number one in production with over 60% of the nation’s total output harvested here.  This festival in Warrens celebrates all things cranberry with over 1.300 artisan display booths that stretch out over three miles.  You can take tours of nearby cranberry producing bogs, explore the large arts and crafts fair or sample cranberry themed food products.

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Grilling at Beef- A-Rama

There is also a Swiss influenced Octoberfest in New Glarus along with other October fests in a large number of communities throughout Wisconsin.   Or the Beef-A-Rama in Minocqua.  Or the Brew-B-Que in Lodi.  The Travel Wisconsin website is a great resource to find happenings in your area.

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Wisconsinmade deluxe cranberry assortment

We hope you and your family can get out there and enjoy this beautiful fall weekend of food fun in Wisconsin.  And if you need quick access to these scrumptious food items check out the cranberry items the apple items and all of our meat selections on Wisconsinmade.com

All of them are:

Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin

Bacon! Bacon!

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Bacon selection

Everything is better with bacon, right?  Fall in Wisconsin is starting and it is the season of festivals.  Many of them food related.  We will cover some of them over the next few weeks.  This weekend it is the River Falls Bacon Bash.  This festival features all things bacon, pig-themed activities, live music, merchandise from local artists and bacon vendors over the September 19-20 weekend.  There will be sampling of bacon related products from River Falls restaurants and food vendors.  About 40 vendors will be showcasing their products such as specialty sauces, ice cream, arts, crafts and novelty items.

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bacon sampler

The Kinnickinnic River is a world-class trout stream with over 8,000 trout per mile in some stretches. The “Kinni” flows through the City of River Falls and provides a beautiful backdrop to the Bacon Bash.

All over Wisconsin you can find small meat markets that supply local residents with fresh beef, pork, chicken, fish and game meats. Bacon is a staple for most of them.

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bacon wrapped filets

Wisconsinmade has a featured selection bacon sampler that includes hickory and cherrywood smoked bacon.  Or how about a bacon slab where you can cut yours to any thickness you like.  Also available on Wisconsinmade.com are bacon wrapped beef filets, breakfast meats assortment sampler, bacon carmel corn popcorn (it’s delish) and even bacon treats for your dog.  

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Bacon Carmel Corn

So if you can’t make it to River Falls this weekend for their Bacon Bash 2015 be sure to drop by Wisconsinmade.com and stock up on great Wisconsinmade bacon.

Made with pride and passion in Wisconsin. 

I Scream For Ice Cream

Babcock Hall Ice cream pints

Recently Reuters published an article detailing the changing tastes in the ice cream market.  Among other changes noticed in the worldwide markets for ice cream they reported that consumers are turning to niche brands with unusual ingredients.  The mindset they quoted was “If I’m gonna have some ice cream, it’s gotta be the good stuff.”

Here in Wisconsin, the dairy state, we specialize in “the good stuff.”  The University of Wisconsin Madison has as part of their agriculture school an entire laboratory and production facility devoted Babcock Hall ice cream productionto the process of producing high quality ice cream and teaching students how it is done.  As a result Wisconsin manufacturers include Chocolate Shoppe, Cedar Crest and the UW’s own Babcock Hall  brands of ice cream.  Graduates from this program are in high demand.

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Flavor selections

Wisconsinmade.com offers these ice creams for delivery packed with dry ice in a reusable foam cooler.  Also available are delicious ice cream toppings to add to the treat.  Looking for unique flavors of ice cream?  How about these Wisconsinmade.com items:

  • Cookie dough                              Black Licorice
  • Mint Chocolate                             Coconut Almond
  • Cookies and cream                      Espresso Oreo
  • Mocha Machiatto                          Machinac Island fudge
  • Orange custard chocolate chip    Mint Avalanche
  • Blue moon                                     Zanzibar Chocolate

On a hot summer day a cool dish of special ice cream hits the spot.  So join the international trend and get “some of the good stuff” for you and your family at Wisconsinmade.

Ice Cream! – Made with pride and passion in Wisconsin.

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